Politics or Posturing: a Legislative Debate on Naval Expenditures 1925-9

By Raymond W. Westphal Jr., published May 2004


The Conservative Party under Stanley Baldwin formed the British government for four years between 1925 and 1929; a time when spending on the Royal Navy was still five times that on the RAF and almost ten percent greater than the Army vote and spending on education. This is an analysis of debate both within the ruling party and parliament about naval expenditures during each of these four years.  The focus of the narrative is how various members of the government, and influential newspapers saw the issues at the time.

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Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

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